On Fear and Author Visits: A Guest Post by S. J. Kincaid

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We love hearing about authors in schools. It is always so exciting to hear about kids getting excited to meet the people behind the books and about the general enthusiasm for reading that… Continue reading

Once Upon A Time Retold

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There has been a recent influx of fairy tale retellings coming across my desk. As you may already know from my previous posts, I get all of the fantasy ARCs sent to Mackin… Continue reading

Buzzing into Spring: Books for a Classroom Project on Bees

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As spring is approaching (a little too soon in Minnesota this year), I can’t help but imagine the project-based learning activities I’d love to do with students if I could magically buzz back… Continue reading

Bios: The Ones Your Students WANT To Read!

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Journey Trilogy Giveaway – Contest Closed

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Aaron Becker’s wordless picture books are an invitation to create your own story. He wrote about his view of wordless books and engaging kids with building and making in his guest post: “With… Continue reading

The Best Present You Can Give: A Guest Post by Aaron Becker

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We here at Mackin have been thinking a lot about makerspaces, creativity, and hands-on education in schools and libraries recently, so we are especially delighted with this guest post from Aaron Becker, creator… Continue reading

Best Friends Forever

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I love a good friendship story. From picture books to teen fiction and everything in between, I have a particular weakness for the stories that portray deep and lasting friendships. I brought this… Continue reading

Sneak Peeks at Upcoming Upper ES/MS Fiction

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One of my favorite things about my job here at Mackin is receiving advance reader copies (ARCs) from our publishers. In fact, the last cart of books brought to my desk contains ARCS… Continue reading

Review: Gilded Cage

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I read Gilded Cage a few months ago when I received the ARC here at Mackin. Now that it is finally being released next month, on the 14th, I wanted to share my… Continue reading

Class Novel: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Aspects of a great class (or group/book club) read: Strong themes Intriguing discussion points Tough aspects of life faced by teens daily Multi-cultural Page-turner As I was recently devouring Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything,… Continue reading